Crochet (2-2) picked up the win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday, throwing a perfect eighth inning and striking out two in a 6-1 victory.
Crochet was the pitcher of record when the White Sox plated five in the bottom of the eighth to earn the rookie's second win of the season. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 innings (12 appearances), striking out 16 but walking nine during that run.
Crochet struck out two over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to Cleveland.
On the day it was announced that Crochet would make only single-inning appearances, the left-hander shut down Cleveland over two perfect innings. His usage may be more about pitch count than innings. He needed just seven pitches to dispatch Cleveland batters in the seventh inning, then came out for a second frame.
Crochet will be limited to single-inning outings going forward and will not pitch back-to-back days, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
The flame-throwing lefty has only made two appearances of more than an inning this season, and he's yet to pitch on consecutive days. Crochet clearly has the talent to be an oft-utilized, high-leverage reliever, but the White Sox appear to be conserving his arm for the time being.
Crochet pitched a perfect eighth inning to pick up the hold in Sunday's 3-1 win over Baltimore.
Crochet shut down the Orioles after the White Sox took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was his ninth consecutive appearance (8.1 innings) without allowing a run, although he's walked seven during that stretch. The left-hander's walked nine over 13.2 innings this season, which is alarming, but Crochet has made good situational pitches to avoid damage.
Crochet (1-2) earned his first win Tuesday, striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in a 9-3 victory over the Twins.
Crochet entered a tie game with one out and men at the corners in the top of the sixth inning. The left-hander induced a shallow fly to right field then a strikeout, keeping the score knotted up and setting the stage for the White Sox to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning. This was Crochet's first outing since being activated off the injured list.
Crochet (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
Crochet wound up with a minimum-length stay on the injured list due to an upper-back strain. He'd given up just one earned run in nine innings prior to suffering the injury, though his 8:5 K:BB is less than convincing. Alex McRae was optioned in a corresponding move.
Crochet was placed on the 10-day injured list with an upper-back strain Thursday.
Crochet dealt with a blister during his most recent outing Sunday, but it's an entirely separate issue that will send him to the injured list. The move can be backdated by three days, leaving Crochet eligible to return next Thursday, though it's not yet clear whether he's expected to do so. Luis Robert (illness) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Crochet developed a blister on his hand while throwing three scoreless innings in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rangers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out one to earn his third hold.
Crochet was seen bleeding from his thumb during the eighth inning when he got out of a jam with a double-play lineout. It's unclear how the blister will impact him going forward, but after throwing 46 pitches Sunday, Crochet will not be available for the next few days.
Crochet (0-1) allowed an unearned run and a walk with one strikeout in one inning, taking the loss in Sunday's extra-inning defeat against the Royals.
Crochet will take the blame for the loss, as his throwing error allowed Michael Taylor to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. The 21-year-old Crochet has yet to allow an earned run in 4.1 innings this season. He's posted a 0.69 WHIP, six strikeouts and a hold in three outings. The southpaw can be expected to feature in high-leverage roles as one of the setup relievers to closer Liam Hendriks.
Crochet struck out three over 2.1 perfect innings in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Angels.
Crochet entered with two outs and two on in the bottom of the fifth and got the final out, then retired the next six batters in order. He pitched exclusively as a one-inning reliever during spring training, but as a collegiate starter, Crochet has the variety of pitches necessary to navigate multiple innings and needed just 26 of them to shut down the Angels. It was the young prospect's first appearance in 2021 after a successful introduction to MLB last year. He has yet to allow a run or walk in 8.1 innings in the majors.
Crochet allowed one hit and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's spring game against the Diamondbacks.
Crochet is locking in a spot in the White Sox's bullpen with a strong spring. The 21-year-old left-hander has allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six Cactus League innings. At this point, he's expected to be used in the last third of games, leading up to closer Liam Hendriks.
Crochet allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians.
Crochet followed starter Reynaldo Lopez in the third inning so that he could face the best of Cleveland's lineup in preparation for what will be an important bullpen role in the final third of games. The young left-hander with a reputation for high velocity did not reach 100 MPH but did touch 99 on the gun, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. ''The arm feels good, so that's the main takeaway. I felt really good with my off-speed [pitches]. My fastball command wavered a little bit, but for the most part I felt very confident with it," said Crochet.
Crochet is viewed by manager Tony La Russa as "a valuable part of the final third of the game," James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Crochet was viewed as a starter by the White Sox when they selected him 11th in last year's draft, but he shot straight to the majors in September without any previous professional experience and impressed, making five scoreless appearances in the regular season and one more in the playoffs. The White Sox are now faced with the choice of keeping him in that relief role as a big-leaguer or sending him down to the minors to stretch out, and appears as though they're choosing the former. He's seemingly thought to be ready for high-leverage work, though he won't provide a ton of fantasy value in standard setups as a single-inning reliever unless he's getting saves, which won't be happening as long as Liam Hendriks is healthy.
Crochet added 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The 21-year-old Crochet worked on his body during the offseason in preparation for what should be a full-time role in the White Sox's bullpen. The organization still feels he's a starter long-term, but his successful MLB debut as a reliever in 2020 has the decision-makers thinking he can be a useful bullpen piece for a team with World Series aspirations in 2021.
General manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday that Crochet (forearm) is expected to open the upcoming season in the White Sox's bullpen rather than the rotation, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
The White Sox don't seem to be writing off the flame-throwing lefty becoming a starter in the long run, but working out of the bullpen will allow Crochet to make a more immediate impact for a team that has legitimate World Series aspirations in 2021. Upon being promoted to the big leagues last September, Crochet was dominant in a small sample of five relief appearances, tossing six scoreless frames and striking out eight. He suffered a strained left flexor tendon in the playoffs, but after being cleared to resume a throwing program earlier in the offseason, Crochet isn't expect to face any restrictions this spring.
Crochet (forearm) has been throwing in Arizona and looks good, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
While it's not the most detailed report, it's still certainly good to hear that Crochet seems fine after suffering a flexor strain in the playoffs last season. He's also reportedly added muscle over the offseason. The young lefty has yet to pitch in the minors after being selected 11th-overall in last year's draft but has already made six major-league relief appearances. If he looks healthy and effective this spring, it's entirely possible he heads straight to the big-league bullpen again, as assistant general manager Chris Getz suggested in early February, though he could also head to the minors to build up as a starter, the role he's eventually expected to fill in Chicago.
White Sox assistant general manager Chris Getz said Crochet (forearm) is being considered for a bullpen role with the major-league team, Scott Merkin of the White Sox's official site reports.
The organization's long-term plans are to use him as a starter, but Getz feels Crochet could be a fit in a multi-inning role on the White Sox in 2021. The left-hander was effective in limited exposure to MLB last season when he fanned eight, walked none and allowed three hits over six scoreless innings. He also appeared in the postseason. While Getz did not bring up Crochet's forearm strain, that he's being considered for the bullpen suggests he'll start training camp on time.
Crochet was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left forearm but does not have any damage to his UCL, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Crochet's appearance in Game 3 of the Wild Card Series against the Athletics was cut short due to the injury, but he's evidently avoided the worst-case outcome. No damage to the UCL means no Tommy John surgery will be needed, so the young lefty is expected to be ready to pitch without restrictions during spring training. Even though he made his MLB debut as a reliever in 2020, the White Sox still view Crochet as a candidate for the rotation in the long run. As such, Crochet could be given the opportunity to compete for a starting role with the big club this spring, but a more realistic outcome is that he begins the 2021 campaign at Triple-A Charlotte if the White Sox remain serious about developing him as a rotation option.
Crochet was removed from Thursday's game against the Athletics with left forearm tightness.
Crochet is still being evaluated to determine the severity of the injury, but his status for the remainder of the postseason could certainly be in question if the White Sox advance. The 21-year-old was dominant during his first action at the professional level in the regular season as he tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out eight. His average fastball velocity was 100.2 mph during the season, but his velocity was down during his appearance in Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series prior to his removal.
Crochet left Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Athletics on Thursday with an apparent injury, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Crochet came into Thursday's contest with two outs in the first inning. His velocity was down during his time on the mound, and he was removed from the game with one out in the second inning after throwing just nine pitches. It's unclear what issue Crochet could be dealing with, and it remains to be seen whether he'll be available for the remainder of the postseason if the White Sox win Thursday's decisive Game 3.
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